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Ciara Moezidis

Ciara Moezidis '21 won a Critical Language Scholarship, which she will use to strengthen her proficiency in Persian over an 8-week period this summer.

Ciara Moezidis '21--a Political Science and Communication double major with a minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies--has won a Critical Language Scholarship to study Persian in the Summer of 2021. 

Moezidis, the current President of Associated Student Government (ASG), is a proficient Persian speaker, and the scholarship will enable her to further develop her skills and move closer to mastery of the language. Under normal circumstances, the scholarship would have funded immersive study in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, but, due to COVID-19, this year's program will be remote. Even so, Moezidis will be spending 20 hours per week for 8 weeks working on her reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Following graduation and the completion of her language program, Moezidis will enroll at Harvard Divinity School as a Dean's Fellow, pursuing a Master of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. 

About the Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) is a summer study abroad opportunity for U.S. college and university students to learn languages essential to U.S. engagement with the world. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.



Ciara Moezidis '21